The Kevin Kolb Era – The First 24 Hours

(Originally Posted: Tuesday April 06, 2010)

Who doesn’t love instant analysis? We grade drafts and trades as soon as they happen and very seldom look back. It is beyond ridiculous how little time and perspective we give events in sports or even anything of real substance these days. With all that said, let’s take a look at the first day of the Kevin Kolb era as starting quarterback for your Philadelphia Eagles. One thing I know for sure, it’s still hard for me to get used to saying that.

I watched Kolb’s press conference yesterday and was very impressed. Kevin was a no-nonsense guy who won’t be out worked. His answers and attitude were in tune with what Philadelphia fans want out of their spotlight position athletes. He’s here to get the job done and win a title. “Now let’s get to work. Andy told me I was the starter, and I’m ready. Didn’t blink.” That’s what I like in my quarterback. He gave a very similar interview to Rich Eisen on the NFL Network.

NFL Network Rant: Towards the end of the hour on Total Access, they ran a retrospective on McNabb’s career in Philadelphia that started with…wait for it…McNabb getting booed at the draft. Most of the piece trashed the Philly fans and how we never appreciated McNabb and how great he was, but how “some people” say he never won the big game. OH REALLY JASON LaCANFORA? SOME PEOPLE? So Philly fans are the only ones saying he didn’t win the big game because we’re such bad people? Maybe it’s because he never actually won a Super Bowl! I love Donovan, but I’m so tired of getting trashed by you and the rest of the stupid national media who say we didn’t appreciate Donovan. WE LOVED HIM. THE FANS DIDN’T TRADE HIM! Mr. LaCanfora, as hard as you may try to be the new Adam Schefter, you will never be him. No one respects you and no one likes you. SO GO SCREW!

Back to Kolb. There’s one thing that the Couch is never gonna do for you, and that’s break down film. I know nothing about mechanics or any of that junk. We’ve seen Kolb play in a handful of pre-season games and that half a game in Baltimore that we’d all like to forget. He did finally get his chance to start last year, when surprise, McNabb got hurt for a couple games.

Both games Kolb started were impressive. He was the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for 300+ yards in his first two starts. I remember he also threw a couple more picks than we are accustomed to. That feels like something that we’re going to have to get used to here for a couple of seasons. First impressions are that the kid looks like he’ll be a solid NFL quarterback, at a minimum.

Leadership is a generally unquantifiable quality in a player, but with Kolb there are good reasons for hope. Since some point last season, small little stories started bubbling up about the younger players bonding more with Kolb than McNabb. I’m not sure if that says more about McNabb or Kolb, but I’d like to think it’s more about Kolb. Maclin, DJax, McCoy and Celek have all reportedly have looked to Kolb as the leader of the team already. That’s fantastic news. Leadership is the kind of thing that can’t be taught. You either have it or you don’t. Apparently Kolb already has it, without even being named the starter. Now that he’s officially the starter, the sky’s the limit.

Now everything I’ve talked about is all gumdrops and rainbows and doesn’t mean squat until September. It’s all speculation until then. And I’d say the over/under for the amount of times you hear Bobby Hoying’s name this off-season is around 2,000. Like I said before, all this instant analysis is meaningless. What matters is what happens when they strap on the helmets in the Fall. But right now, most indications are that team’s future is in good hands. Of course, it’s too scary right now to think any other way. I guess I’m just another eternally optimistic Eagles fan.

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